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Empathy Presentation at the UC Berkeley Class:  Nonviolence Today
 


Class Title:  PACS 164B. Spring 2010 - Nonviolence Today
An introduction to the science of nonviolence, mainly as seen through the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Historical overview of nonviolence East and the West up to the American Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., with emphasis on the ideal of principled nonviolence and the reality of mixed or strategic nonviolence in practice, especially as applied to problems of social justice and defense.
Instructor:
Americ Azevedo - Philosopher-at-Large
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:
 3:30 to 5:00
Location:  Wheeler Hall,  Room 213
Presentation Date: March 16, 2010
 


Carol Wolfley and I gave presentations at this class. On March 9, Carol talked about Nonviolent Communication and on March 16, I explored the experience of empathy. Here's my outline.

  •  What's the relationship to nonviolence?

    • Showed a short video with Martin Luther King, Obama, Robert Kennedy, Jeff Sessions, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, etc., talking about nonviolence, compassion and/or empathy.



    Nonviolence, Compassion and Empathy: King, Obama,
    Kennedy, Sessions, Beck, Limbaugh, etc (7 min)
     

    •  A very short group discussion on the relationship of empathy to nonviolence.
       

  •  Story Telling: What's your personal experience?

    • Showed a video of Gloria Steinem talking about the importance of story telling and empathy, as well as, Barack Obama telling a personal story about learning a lesson about empathy.


    Share a personal story about experiencing empathy:
    Gloria Steinem, Barack Obama (3 min)

    • In groups of 3, each person told a personal story of experiencing empathy or it's lack.

    • Each person could share their story with the entire class.
       

  • Drawing: What's your personal metaphor?

    • Showed a video of various people talking about their metaphor of empathy.

    • In groups of 3, each person came up with a personal metaphor of empathy and drew it.

    • Each person could share their metaphor and drawing with the entire class.

 

Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   A Metaphor of Empathy?
The common definitions of empathy are the metaphors of standing in someone else's shoes or looking through someone else's eyes. I asked the question:
What is your personal metaphor for empathy? 

(see drawings and videos below)

 

Empathy is like:

  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy     Empathy is like a cornucopia. For me, each person is a cornucopia of rich; experiences, thoughts, insights, emotions and feelings. With empathy, I can experience, share, reflect and learn those qualities. In a Culture of Empathy, we all share each others cornucopia and wonderful bounty of the spirit. Without empathy, life would be impoverished.
  Edwin Rutsch
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Infinity b/c empathy, continuous act which must be reciprocated. I also used the wave idea because empty is fluid and has a strong but subtitle energy.

 

  Alex Tickner
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Empathy is feeling someone's tears on your shoulders, even when they aren't there.

Amani Jadallah
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy
 
  Empathy is like a distributed network. A global network that fans out all over the world.
  Americ Azevedo
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Shared experience - shared hike

Anne Fleshman
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Empathy is the core of the earth from which life sprouts

   Brijean Murphy
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Roots support each other

   Byron Chan
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy
 
Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Empathic Swarms
Swarms of empathic affinity groups
emerging from individual conscious choices
a swirling matrix of multifocal wisdom
with interactional aliveness, mutual consideration and  shared caring.
Carol Wolfley
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Empathy is music

  Dacia Allen
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Looking in the mirror

  David Aptaker
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

When I think of empathy I have taught of a tree with deep branches and love growing from the tree.

Diana Alonzo
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Other flower, human root

  Grace Jorgan
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Empathy Story +
Energy through contact

  Harjot Dhaliwal
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Hanger

  Ino Chang
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Electro magnetic radiation - light

  Jacob Rex
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

A hunter not being able to shoot a moose because he knows the animal's pain if he does shoot.

  Jason Heath
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Empathy is like dancing... it involves presence, thoughtful action and love of the experience

  Kate Delap
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Footprints in the sand

  Kathy Quimpo
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Touch/contact/love/dance open to the world

  Kaya Allan Sugerman
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Tandem sky diving

  Masamichi Fukui
 
      Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   A dirty mirror
 
  Meaghan Clifford
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Empathy is eating some else's favorite foods, mmmm!

  Nico Alegria
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Empathy Story +
Energy entraining with nature, beings and life is empathy

  Revati McNamara
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Many hearts beat to the rhythm of one great beat.

  Ryan Cole
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Empathy Story +
This paper (it is flexible, like your mind when understanding others.)

  Ryan Leuang
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Lifeblood of empathy

  Shannon Troutman
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       Empathy is the relationship between a plant's roots and leaves
  Talison Hammond
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

Empathy Story +
Sirius start system balance out of chaos

  Tyrone Botelho
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy  

See myself reflected in your eyes

  Wendy Fiala
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

 Vine grasping roots of the tree - roots of the other persons situation their soul - entity

Wenting Tsai
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy      

Wind - wind goes through everything and even though you can't see it you know it's there.

  Yvette Cabrerd
 
          Need to link names to drawings
Alyse Kennedy
Amanda Howell
Jacob Hagelberg
Justin Witz
Kathleen Learry
Nathan Lui
Nicole Rodrigues
Michael Singh
Tetsaya Sellers
           
           
      Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Empathy Story
name?
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Sunshine on my skin. Empathy: something you can't see but can feel
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Horse and human moving together

 

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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       Post modern empathy
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Watching figures in clouds
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Metaphor Drawings of Empathy   Empathy house. Welcome. Nickey girl, we are family
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       Puzzle: empathy is fitting into other people's grooves and thus becoming more whole
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       An eye for both mother's tears
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       Lack of empathy: Barren, dry self-contained few connections devoid of much activity or life
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  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       Empathy is like stars in the night sky
           
 
  Metaphor Drawings of Empathy       Radiating energizing colors
  name?